Child Life Specialist
- Location: New Brunswick, NJ
- Posted: Apr 22, 2019
Childrens Specialized Hospital is the nations leading provider of inpatient and outpatient care for children from birth to 21 years of age facing special health challenges from chronic illnesses and complex physical disabilities like brain and spinal cord injuries, to developmental and behavioral issues like autism and mental health.
At 13 different New Jersey locations, our pediatric specialists partner with families to make our many innovative therapies and medical treatments more personalized and effective...so children can achieve more of their goals.
Assesses, plans, implements and evaluates child life services to meet the therapeutic, educational and|or diversional needs of the patient, facilitating adjustment to illness|disability|hospitalization|painful procedures.
Essential Job Functions
Evenings and weekends required.
Completes all documentation on time according to hospital and department policies.
Develops, coordinates and implements appropriate programming for a variety of age and diagnostic groups, matching developmental level, interests and emotional state.
Assesses, plans and implements individual treatment plans related to illness|disability, social-emotional development, play preference|style, coping skills and family dynamics according to standards of practice.
Conducts individual sessions, team treats, procedural support and patient family teaching in a developmentally and culturally appropriate manner. Actively supports principles of pain management.
Evaluates Child Life services and makes recommendations to improve patient and program outcomes.
Treatment plan reflects collaboration and communication with patient, family and team. Discharge planning involves school re-integration services when appropriate.
Coordinates special events on a rotating basis throughout the year.
Assist with personal, department and hospital growth and development through involvement in research, professional organizations and presentations to promote best practice and maintain certification
Supervises and|or assists with student interns as designated.
Effectively utilizes and supervises volunteers and visiting groups.
Formal Education and Job-Related Experience
* Ability to plan activities and adapt to the environment to suit a variety of disabling conditions. Tact, enthusiasm, initiative and professional judgment in performance of duties.
* Child Life Certification or eligible. AHA BLS Provider Certification required.
* Drivers License
Education and Experience - Additional Comments
* Bachelors degree in Child Life, Early Childhood Education or related field. Completion of Child Life internship. Work or volunteer experience with children with special needs.